At La Costa Dental Health in Carlsbad, we are committted to promoting dental health in all of our patients.
One of the important habits of good dental health is daily tooth brushing with an effective toothpaste. There is a wide variety of toothpastes available. We recommend, strongly, choosing one with fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to be effective in strengthening the enamel of teeth.
Toothpaste as we know it has only been in existence since the late 1800s. Fluoride was added in 1914. The earliest evidence of toothpaste or dental cream dates back to 3000-5000 BC. The Ancient Egyptians pulverized oxen hooves, egg shells, pumice, myrrh, and water creating one of the earliest forms of toothpaste.
The Greeks and Romans began adding crushed bones and bark to the mix. The taste must have been hard to take. During this same time the people of China and India were using a similar paste, but adding flavorings, like Ginseng and herbal mints making it a bit more palatable.
Today there is an almost bewildering selection of toothpastes available at any grocery store. You’ll find a multitude of flavors and colors, and a lot of promises on the label, too. Just remember to flook for something with fluoride. If you see the American Dental Association seal on the package, you’re good to go.
At La Costa Dental Excellence in Carlsbad, your dental health is important. Our services include general and family dentistry, and a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment today.
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